Published February 6, 2014
Alan Rabideau, a UB environmental engineering professor with a track record of interdisciplinary research, will serve as the university’s first Research and Economic Development Leadership Fellow, appointed by Alexander N. Cartwright, vice president for research and economic development.
Under the fellowship, Rabideau will focus on preparing RENEW to tackle some of the most pressing problems associated with energy, the environment and water.
“As a premier public research university, UB has a mission and fundamental responsibility to address regional and global environmental challenges through enduring scholarship and intellectual innovation,” Rabideau said. “RENEW is the ideal vehicle to achieve those goals and, ultimately, promote a more sustainable society.”
Rabideau was chosen for the fellowship because of his educational background, research pursuits and ability to work across disciplines. He holds a PhD in environmental science and engineering from the School of Public Health at the University at North Carolina-Chapel Hill; he is scheduled to earn a master’s degree in philosophy in May from UB.
His research has been supported by more than $10 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations. He has worked on community projects with both industry and citizen groups, and recently served on a National Research Council panel that evaluated alternatives for addressing difficult-to-remediate contamination at inactive waste sites.
Rabideau established UB’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) program, which conducts research and provides educational initiatives that advance science, engineering and policy of restoring ecosystems, particularly in the lower Great Lakes and Western New York. Last year, a research team he leads received a $796,000 NSF grant to consider new approaches to managing hazardous waste. The team includes a sociologist, oral historian and philosopher.
Under the fellowship, Rabideau will perform the following duties, which will lay the groundwork for RENEW while a search for a director is underway: